# The Duke of Buckingham’s State Howdah
The Grand Trunk Show. in association with the Taj Khazana, is a grand affair presenting a breath-taking collection of fine furniture, antiques and artifacts. Since the Mumbai show is just round the corner. we thought of giving you a peek into what is in store in the signature collection. These pieces are extremely rare objects, that are highly valued by collectors today and their presence alone is electrifying!
The Howdah was built to mark the victory of the East India Company during the Indian Mutiny of 1857, which was followed by the institution of direct rule by the British Crown in place of the East India Company administration. After declaring sovereignty, the Raj undertook a complete reconstruction of hierarchy. In 1858, the Duke of Buckingham was appointed as the Governor of Madras and this is one of the original five Howdahs’ commissioned for ceremonial use in the state and the Imperial Assemblage at Delhi.
A Howdah is usually a boat shaped seating arrangement for riding on the back of an elephant or camel. This one is built in an Anglo-Indian style by the Simpson & Company in the year 1858. The handles have two tigers seated on the top. The front side has a British insignia on a lion and a horse surmounted by foliage engraved on it. The Howdah stands on four stylized fish shaped legs and is outlined with a supportive metal ring around it.
This is going to be one of the first ‘Signature Pieces’ that you are going to come across at The Grand Trunk Show at the Taj Palace in Mumbai. Come visit. Download your invitation at www.thegreateasternhome.com.